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Zero Energy Buildings and Smart Sustainable Cities Event

Event Details:

  • Date:       Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 May 2018
  • Time:      All day - see below for schedule
  • Venue:    The Cyprus Institute – NTL Events Room, 1st Floor, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Various invited speakers - see below

* The event will be in English

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The European “Smart Cities & Communities Initiative” of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan supports cities and regions to reduce by 40% their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, requiring all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by 2020 is a stepping-stone to this goal.

The Smart Sustainable Cities and Zero Energy Buildings Event, organised by the Cyprus Institute, will facilitate:

  • A workshop on Zero Energy Buildings under the Interreg Balkan-Med project ‘Towards Zero Energy Hospitals in the Balkan Region (ZenH)
  • A seminar on Smart, Sustainable Cities under the JPI Urban-Europe project ‘Smart bioclimatic low-carbon urban areas as innovative energy isles in the sustainable city (SUI)’

In this event, significant aspects of Smart Sustainable Cities and Zero Energy Buildings such as, EC directives, National Policies, technologies and best practices, will be presented and discussed.

This 3-day conference will consist of presentations by invited experts, interactive stakeholders’ panel and a visit to CyI’s Solar Research Facilities.


9 May 2018 - Workshop: "Zero Energy Buildings"

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Time Description
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:35 Welcome address to commence the Energy Days event (Prof. Costas Papanicolas, President, CyI)
09:35 - 09:40 Welcome address to the Zero Energy Buildings Workshop (Prof. Despina Serghides, CyI, President ISES-Cyprus)
09:40 - 10:10 The Concept of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (Keynote Speaker - Prof. Agis Papadopoulos, AUTH)
10:10 - 10:40 The Definition of NZEB in Cyprus and its Implementation (Eng. Nikos Hadjinikolaou, Energy Service, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism)
10:40 - 11:00 Zero Energy Buildings in the Legislation of Balkan Countries (Arch. Evelina Stoykova, SEC)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 The ZenH Balkan Project (Prof. Argiro Dimoudi, DUTH Project Leader)

Examples of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
12:00 - 12:30 Zero Energy Houses for Positive Energy Settlements in Europe (Arch. Marina Kyprianou Dracou, CyI)
12:30 - 13:00 The Zero Energy Building for Smart, Sustainable Urban Isles (Arch. Stella Dimitriou, CyI)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 A Nearly Zero Energy Museum hosted in a listed building, (Prof. Argiro Dimoudi, DUTH)
14:30 - 15:00 The EU National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (Invited Speaker from EC)
15:00 - 15:30 Round Table Discussion
15:30 - 16:00 Technical Tour of the Zero Energy Building at CyI

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10 May 2018 - Seminar: "Smart, Sustainable Cities"

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Time Description
09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome address (Prof. Despina Serghides, CyI, President ISES-Cyprus)
10:10 - 10:40 The Prospects and Challenges Towards Sustainable and Healthy Cities (Keynote Speaker - Prof. Georgia Butina Watson, Oxford Brookes University)
10:40 - 11:00 Standards for Sustainable Cities (Mr. Joseph Karis, Cyprus Organisation for Standardization, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 Introduction to the Concept of Smart Sustainable Cities and overview of the Urban Isle Project (Prof. Despina Serghides, CyI)

The Smart and Sustainable threefold approach
12:00 - 12:20 SUI bioclimatic design and mobility (Benedetto Nastasi, TUDelft)
12:20 - 12:40 The management platform system (Arch. Stella Dimitriou, CyI)
12:40 - 13:00 Approach of developing the SUI mini- network (Dr. Saleh Mohammadi, TUDelft)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Case Studies of Smart Urban Isles
14:00 - 14:20 The Cyprus Case Study – From investigation to implementation (Arch. Stella Dimitriou, CyI)
14:20 - 14:40 The Winterthur Case Study (Prof. Dr. Soofia Tahira Elias-Özkan, METU)
14:40 - 15:00 Case study Austria - the challenge of operating energy flows (Dr. Manfred Hotwagner, Europäisches Zentrum für Erneuerbare Energie Güssing - EEE)
15:00 - 15:30 Tools for the SUI handbook (Dr. Vicente Carabias-Hütter, ZHAW)
15:30 - 16:00 Round Table Discussion

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11 May 2018 - Technical and Cultural Tour

Time Description

Departure from The Cyprus Institute

Visit PROTEAS facility

Visit Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement (UNESCO World Heritage)


Lunch at Lefkara, traditional village

Free time at Lefkara, traditional village

15:45 Return at The Cyprus Institute

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Additional Info

  • Date: Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 May 2018
  • Time: All day
  • Speaker: See events page for more details

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